Local Attractions and Info
About Kelowna and the Okanagan
The Okanagan Valley is a 4 season playground! From internationally acclaimed estate wineries, biking, championship golf courses, hiking, water sports, snow sports, and fine dining, there is something for everyone! Kelowna BC sports an enviable climate and vibrant economy. Not only a popular tourist destination, it is also becoming a preferred choice to visit, conduct business, or call home. The Okanagan’s largest and centrally-located city on Okanagan Lake is the hub for a wide variety of activities. Spectacular scenery, pristine lakes, rich landscapes known for their gardens, fruits and world-renowned wines, sandy beaches, and first-class amenities are at your fingertips in Kelowna. Be surprised by all we have to offer:
20000+ hours of sunshine every year.
- Numerous beaches and parks dot Kelowna’s splendid shoreline along the sparkling waters of the 110 km long Okanagan Lake.
- A cosmopolitan vibe and great shopping in the largest community of 115,000 in the BC interior.
- 16 wineries near Kelowna and another 100 within a day’s drive, many with tasting an touring programs.
- 15 golf courses for all skill levels and abilities.
- An established fruit-growing industry offering tours and farmers markets.
- Galleries, museums, theatres, studios, and restaurants.
The advent of Spring brings blossoms of cherry, apricot, peach, pear, plum and apple trees in the surrounding orchards. Kelowna’s Official Flower, the ‘Okanagan Sunflower’, showers the mountainsides with a golden haze and brings out hikers, bikers and golfers galore.
In 2007, Kelowna was named the “Best Canadian Golf City” by SCOREGolf, Canada’s largest golf magazine. Kelowna offers one of the longest and driest golf seasons in Canada. Golfers of every ability will enjoy the variety of the Okanagan’s 40+ golf courses.
July marks the beginning of fruit harvest starting with cherries through to apples in September. Long hot summers make Okanagan Lake a popular choice for summer fun and relaxation. Tour orchards and vineyards, wine and dine, golf and swim, or shop to your heart’s content.
Our local museums, art galleries, unique shops, fruit and wine orchards, and breathtaking scenery will bring you back again and again. Proudly rated as one of the top cultural centres in Canada, Kelowna entertains the only wine festival in North America that takes place during the heart of grape harvest as well as another in the Spring. The Annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival continues to be ranked as one of the top 100 events in North America and is a “must attend” among your vacation plans.
Lake Okanagan, over 100 kilometres long, is dotted with numerous beaches, waterfalls, and trails. You’ll love Mission Creek Greenway. 22 kilometres long from the shores of Okanagan Lake to Mission Creek Falls, the Creek is well-travelled year round by walkers, hikers, runners, bicyclists, and equestrians.
An hour’s drive from our legendary champagne powder skiing, Big White and Silver Star Ski Resorts boast short lift lines and uncrowded slopes. Nearby Crystal Mountain and Apex Mountain offer other ski and snowboard choices.
Things to See and Do in the Okanagan
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Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
From Big White Ski Resort to Kelowna City Park, you will discover festivals and events nearly every weekend. Some, like our three Wine Festivals, can be found regionally, as well. Here is one site that lists many of the festivals and fairs in Kelowna. Visit our partner’s website: Welcome to Kelowna
Okanagan Spring Wine Festival (April/May): Various Locations
Ah!! Spring has sprung and it’s time for the sleepy vines to awaken. Wherever you are in the Okanagan Valley, you are guaranteed that you will be enjoying all that the Okanagan has to offer. World class wines, divine cuisines and magnificent scenery.
Canada Day Celebrations (July 1): Various Locations
Bring your family and enjoy fireworks, the Folk Fest, events at Prospera Place and more.
Okanagan Summer Wine Festival (July): Various Locations
This summer festival has grown so large that Silver Star Mountain Resort doesn’t have enough room! So you can enjoy the yourselves in the whole Okanagan Valley where ever you are with breath-taking scenery, samples of heavenly wine with varieties of cheeses, chocolates, fruits and coffees.
Okanagan Fall Wine Festival (September/October): Various Wineries
The Okanagan Fall wine festival is a perfect opportunity for wine lovers to visit the Okanagan’s best wineries, tour vineyards, enjoy the Okanagan’s hospitality, indulge in harvest celebrations, enhance wine knowledge, try good food and be part of unique wine related events.
We offer condominiums in several Kelowna resorts. Sunset Drive represents the hub of activity in Kelowna. Downtown Kelowna offers shopping, dining, entertainment, and sandy beaches. Our resorts include Discovery Bay, Sunset Waterfront Resort, and Waterscapes (including the Skye Tower), Copper Sky, Barona Beach and others. --more--
From Resorts in Downtown Kelowna (Sunset Drive)
- 15 km (18 min. drive)
- Downtown Kelowna:
- 0 km (0 min. drive)
- Downtown Vancouver:
- 392 km (4 hour drive)
- 600 km (7.5 hour drive)
- Closest Golf (Kelowna Golf and Country Club):
- 3.9k m (8 min. drive)
- The Harvest Golf Club:
- 8.9 km (about 15 min. drive)
- Predator Ridge Golf Resort:
- 49.2 km (about 47 min. drive)
- Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Bistro:
- 10.6 km (17 min. drive)
- Cedar Creek Estate Winery:
- 14.5 km(about 23 min. drive)
- Mission Hill Family Estate Winery & al fresco Dining:
- 12.2 km (16 min. drive)
- Big White Ski Resort:
- 62.8 km (1.2 hour drive)
- Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort:
- 79 km (1.3 hours)
- Closest Beaches:
- Tugboat Beach 0.4 km (5 min. walk)
- Hot Sands Beach @ City Park 1.4 km (17 min. walk)
- Closest Trails:
- Okanagan Lake (0 min. walk)
- Knox Mountain 1.3 km (15 min. walk to starting point)